Tuesday, February 23, 2010

White Powder

Late at night. Exhausted. Stayed up to watch the Olympics, now ready to pass out in bed. Start thinking about tomorrow's schedule and how to fit in everything I want to accomplish.

This is the way mistakes are made.

Head for the bedroom. Catch sight of self in darkened mirror, contemplate how I like the way the bottom of my hair looks the day before I wash it but dislike how the roots lay flat against my head.

Wonder if there's anything I can do about that. See a bottle of Shower to Shower powder on the dresser. Think: talc absorbs moisture, including oil.

The more I think about it, the more I'm sure I've heard of people doing exactly this. So tired. I figure: best case, it looks great and I've learned a new trick. Worst case, I wash my hair first thing in the morning.

I pour a little Shower to Shower powder into my hand and pat the crown of my head, step into the bathroom, and flip on the light.

I've aged ten years. I suddenly remember the context in which I've heard of people powdering their hair. It's to look older on stage, or to appear a proper 18th Century English gentleman.

Crap.

Oh, well, too tired to care. I go to sleep. In the morning: hey, it worked! Powder's gone and hair looks great! Ego took a bit of a hit, though.

7 comments:

Kim said...

When I was a teenager way back in the 70's there was an "instant shampoo" called Psssst, which was basically spray on powder for your hair.

Oh, look! http://www.amazon.com/Psssssst-Instant-Spray-Shampoo-4-Ounces/dp/B000TCXEO8 You can still get it!

Sarahlynn said...

Kim, I've never heard of such a thing! HAH!

Susan O said...

I have "dry shampoo" that I use on international flights to achieve the same purpose. The only difference is that it's tinted a bit so as not to create the "old lady" look. I think it's the cornstarch that does the trick, apparently (and I guess talcum is bad for you to breathe in). I just brush it a LOT, rather than sleeping on it. But sleeping on it is a lot less work!

Emom said...

Psssst....I remember that~funny those memories....smiles.

Sarahlynn said...

This is hilarious. I'm going to have to buy some just to try it out!

ccw said...

My mom remembers the Psssst stuff but I didn't realize until a recent trip to Sephora that dry shampoo is alive, well, and in many brands.

I have done the regular powder thing for years. It really works and is great for when I just don't have the time/am too darn lazy/oil fairies visit in the night, etc to make me look presentable.

Sarahlynn said...

SEPHORA sells some?! Well, if I can pay a ridiculous amount of money for it then it must be a true "beauty product" rather than just a "hide-your-laziness product," right? Off to the mall.